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1 Finding Information Created by Brian Gibbens, Ph.D.

2 Quote of the Day: "None but those who have experienced them can conceive of the enticements of science. In other studies you go as far as others have gone before you, and there is nothing more to know; but in a scientific pursuit there is continual food for discovery and wonder." 2 -Victor Frankenstein in Mary Shelley's Masterpiece

3 You Cannot Learn EVERYTHING Image from Scott Freeman, University of Washington

4 The Goal A.Find a few highly relevant high-quality references that you will read carefully. B.Find references that support all of your key facts C.Don’t collect references just for the sake of collecting them.

5 What’s your problem? Finding Worthy Social Issues A. B.Don’t know what your problem is? C.The world is full of problems, have a look.

6 Where can I find Background Information? A.Your Textbook B.Review Articles C.NCBI BookshelfNCBI Bookshelf D.Google & Wikipedia

7 Best Places for Primary Literature PubMed (Citation Database) PubMed Central (Full text journal articles) Google Scholar Science Direct

8 Choosing a Search Term A.Searching tips  Use several different search terms  Start specific and then go broad if necessary  Do not use complete sentences  Use quotation marks to search for specific phrases  Use + & - to indicate what should and should not be included in the search. B.When you find an article  Search again using key words form the title  Search the reference list for more promising papers

9 ISI Science Citation Index A.Use after you have found a good paper. B.Finds recent papers which cite your paper. C.Access through the UMN library:

10 Impact Factors Indicate a Journal’s Relative Importance in a Field Impact Factors = average number of citations to recent articles published in the journal. ISI’s Journal Citation Reports Select subjects Sort by impact factor

11 Additional Resources

12 Human Genetic Diseases: Geneclinics-Genereviews A. B.Provides comprehensive summaries of human genetic diseases including causes, symptoms, and current treatments

13 Seminars can provide valuable up-to- date information BLINKBLINK-a quick link to UMN biology seminars. CBS CFANS CLA CSE Environment Medical School Veterinary Medicine

14 Vertebrate Gene Information: Ensemble Genome Browser Ensemble Genome Browser A.Provides lots of information about specific genes including differential tissue expression and sequences of alternatively spliced transcripts. B.Vertebrates and eukaryotes only!

15 Helpful Bioinformatics Tools ExPASy Bioinformatics Tools Many tools Translate mRNA Find protein molecular weights BLAST Search for similar genes within and between species PubMed Nucleotide and Protein Databases Find gene and protein sequences

16 NCBI: Your Tax Dollars at Work How To’s

17 Is anyone else already doing it? A.National Institute of Health (NIH) Award ReporterNational Institute of Health (NIH) Award Reporter B.National Science Foundation (NSF) Award SearchNational Science Foundation (NSF) Award Search C.United States Patent and Trademark OfficeUnited States Patent and Trademark Office

18 UMN Library

19 Faculty Lists (People you could contact) Molecular, Cellular, Developmental Biology and Genetics Faculty Biomedical Engineering Faculty Food Science & Nutrition Faculty Microbial Engineering Faculty Bio-energy Faculty Agronomy and Plant genetics Neuroscience College of Food Agriculture and Natural Resource Sciences

20 RSS FEEDS Created by Brian Gibbens, Ph.D.

21 RSS Feeds A.RSS = Really Simple Syndication B.A type of web feed format used to publish frequently updated works. C.Includes full or summarized text + metadata.

22 RSS Feeds A.Available on most websites! B.Read using feed readers or aggregators. C.Key advantage: Users no longer have to manually track multiple websites for updates.

23 NCBI PubMed

24 A.All “Best Sellers” links have an RSS feed.

25 The New York Times New York Times Science: New York Times Environment:


27 Examples of Online Feed Aggregators 1.Feedly 2.Digg Reader 3.Bloglines 4.NewsBlur

28 Creating a Custom Google News RSS feed A.Go to Google NewsGoogle News B.Search for a “a particular phrase” C.Scroll to bottom of the page

29 Create a Custom General RSS Feed A.Go to Google AlertsGoogle Alerts B.Enter in your “search phrase” C.Select email updates or rss feed D.Create Alert

30 Resources A.Getting Started with Google ReaderGetting Started with Google Reader B.Build a custom RSS feed with Google NewsBuild a custom RSS feed with Google News C.How to find an RSS feed on a websiteHow to find an RSS feed on a website D.Syndic8: Find RSS and Atom new feedsSyndic8: Find RSS and Atom new feeds E.RSS URL Converter-Use UMN libraries to get access restricted contentRSS URL Converter-Use UMN libraries to get access restricted content F.More RSS feed ReadersMore RSS feed Readers

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